Course Title: Design and develop text documents

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: COSC5244C

Course Title: Design and develop text documents

School: 345T Creative Media

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4171 - Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Professional Writing and Editing Administration

Course Contact Phone: Brendan Lee 9925 4368

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Arthur Clover
Telephone: 9925 4269

Don Porter
Mobile: 041 850 4004

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

 This competency is studied together with the competency ICPMM63BA Access the Internet.

Course Description

 This course covers the skills and knowledge required to design and develop text documents.                            

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBADM304A Design and develop text documents


Design text documents

Performance Criteria:

- Text document structure and layout are designed to suit the purpose, audience and information requirements of the task
- Text document is designed to enhance readability and appearance and meet organisational and task requirements for style and layout
- Stylesheets and automatic functions are used to ensure consistency of design and layout


Establish parameters for text document design and structure

Performance Criteria:

- Organisational requirements for text-based business documents are identified to ensure consistency of style and image
- Task requirements for the design of text-based business documents are determined to meet organisational  purposes


Produce text documents

Performance Criteria:

- Advanced software functions are used to enable efficient production of text documents
- Text and other data  are entered or imported, and edited to meet required specifications
- Text documents are previewed, adjusted and printed in accordance with organisational and task requirements
- Text documents are named and stored, in accordance with organisational requirements and the application exited without information loss/damage
- Text documents are prepared within designated 


Use safe work practices

Performance Criteria:

- Workspace, furniture and equipment are adjusted to suit the ergonomic requirements of the user
- Work organisation meets organisational and statutory requirements for computer operation
- Energy and resource conservation techniques are used to minimise wastage in accordance with organisational and statutory requirements

Learning Outcomes

 Not applicable

Details of Learning Activities

Students will learn through lectures, demonstrations and practical workshops. The following topics will be covered:
•    page numbering
•    auto date
•    headers and footers
•    table headings
•    autoformat
•    styles
•    default settings
•    templates
•    alternate headers and footers
•    styles
•    typography
•    text flow
•    letter and mail merge
•    tabs and tab leaders
•    macros.

Teaching Schedule

Outline of course structure and elements
Introduce Microsoft Word as word processing tool and Dreamweaver as a web design tool
Health and safety in the lab
Student commitment to attend form
Saving and printing procedures in computer lab.
General set up, windows, tool boxes, palettes, type and illustration insertion, publication requirements
Basic formatting, type selection/changing, introduction of sectional column placement
Page layout, saving, printing
Using Word as an editing tool
Style sheets and macros, spell check, headers and footers, footnotes, using comments and the highlighting function.
Finding and changing
Use of the Outlining function
Creating and editing styles
Use of the Track Changes function
Use and implementation of the macro function
Introduction to tables and manipulating them
Introduction to tabs and tab leaders
Mail merging
Introduction to Dreamweaver
Creating images for the web
Working on Major Assessment Item

This course is part of the class ’Computer Skills for Writers and Editors’.  Part 1 is an intermediate to advanced course in the use of Microsoft Word as a writing and editing tool, covering basic elements through to advanced editing functions. Part 2 is a basic introduction to web site design and construction using Dreamweaver as the main software program. The course explores the programs, the design process and writing in a web context.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Dreamweaver CS3, Peach Pit Books


Other Resources

Students will receive additional handouts in class and use the website on Blackboard.

Overview of Assessment

This course is assessed with Access the Internet (ICPMM63BA).

Assessment includes creating a variety of documents using text, graphics and specialist functions, and editing copy electronically.

Assessment Tasks

All assessment tasks are due on 20 June.

Microsoft Word Assessment Tasks

Assessment item 1
Personal curriculum vitae
Application for position letter
Percentage weight: 5%

Assessment item 2
Edit copy supplied (2000 words) as an OCR file with alterations supplied
Student’s own 2000 words of formatted text.
Percentage weight: 30%

Assessment item 3
Reproduce table supplied (type/illustration layouts)
Percentage weight: 5%

Assessment item 4
Reproduce two examples of the use of tabs and tab leaders supplied
Percentage weight: 5%

Assessment item 5
Preparation of a mail list and letter. using Word’s mail merge function.
Percentage weight: 5%

Dreamweaver Assessment Tasks

Assessment item 1
Linking in Dreamweaver
Students will create a personalised website for themselves and their written work. For their website, students will produce all copy, source all images and create a basic design layout for a web page.
Percentage weight: 5%

Assessment item 2
Anchoring procedures in Dreamweaver.
Percentage weight: 5%

Assessment item 3
Percentage weight: 10%

Assessment item 4
Major Assessment Item
Produce a personalised web page using a minimum of 4 pages.
Percentage weight: 30%

Assessment Matrix

Not applicable.

Course Overview: Access Course Overview